Volunteering for your community: patient rep profile
If you've been following #VolunteersWeek on social media and perhaps taken part in local events, you'll have read about lots of volunteering roles and opportunities in the county. We asked volunteer Michael Taylor, a patient representative in north Hertfordshire with the CCG, Healthwatch Hertfordshire and the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust, about his life as a volunteer and how satisfying it can be:
"I started as a volunteer as a young Scout Leader and have been involved with a number of activities over the years.
"No man or women is an island. It’s easy to take the great community that we live in for granted. People and societies depend on each other for survival and they are complex with a mix of different values, beliefs and identities.
"Volunteering has helped me to forge links among individuals and groups as well as making a positive impact on the wellbeing of others. This has given me the chance to do other things as well. Volunteering is about giving time, energy, whilst much of my time is spent doing things you have to – working – volunteering is something I wanted to do! And can be very liberating as well as satisfying in areas that I may have some skills with the hope to make our corner of the world a better place.
"I say to my friends, family, colleagues and others in our life, if you are interested in the activities that give you good work-life balance, then volunteer and get involved and be passionate about what you do. The energy and sense of fulfillment you receive from your work will inspire others to help and also join."
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